Our four-year-old still doesn't know what a Permablitz is, even though we have had one; Permablitz #163 in Flemington on August 17.
Click here to watch a fabulous timelapse of the Permablitz 157 in Northcote.
We are happy to report that we hosted another very successful Guild Session
last Wednesday the 23rd of July at the Richmond Community Learning Centre.
As a reminder, these Guild Sessions are designed as a way to gather, share
skills, and meet the other great people in the Permablitz network. They are
hosted at rotating locations across the city and we'll have two more events
before year end.
We were lucky to have Dan Palmer, co-founder of permablitz Melbourne
present and discuss with us some of the thinking going into permaculture
design, the importance of reading the site at a micro and macro level and
having the letting the site revel itself through observation and making
A wonderful Permablitz began on a sunny day in Northcote. The garden was a good size east facing backyard with not many trees but, typically for Northcote, a couple of good, established fruit trees desperate for a prune.
As usual, Simon and Hermann's Blitzes started with a work station set-up, so late- comers could start working without too much explanation. Work on the double pallet compost bay started immediately and progressed quickly. Other enthusiasts started digging up the old paths that were overgrown with grass over the years.
An old bathtub got converted into a wicking bed with the help of an old vacuum cleaner pipe and elbow grease. Here's Nick, giving a cameo as a fellow designer, presenting a spontaneous workshop on wicking beds and how they work.
Despite the rainy winter weather, there was strong turnout (50+ volunteers!!!) for Blitz 159 held at the Dunstan Reserve/West Brunswick Food Forest Saturday 12 June. Unlike most Blitzes, the food forest design is in place in West Brunswick and the focus of the Blitz is annual maintenance of this unique public space and garden.
Following on the success of last year's Blitz (#141), it was a great day in the food forest for the couple dozen first-time Blitzers who attended. There were a number of wonderful workshops over the course of the day - tree pruning, tree planting, and composting - with plenty of opportunity for hands on practice!
The trees, including apple, loquat, pear, hazelnut, mulberry, olive, and apricot, appreciated their haircuts and were shaped for easier harvesting and to encourage growth.
The food forest is on track for a great growing season ahead. Volunteers added a few new trees to the mix including persimmon, there's barely a weed to be found and the existing trees got some protective mulching for the year ahead.
The full story of the food forest can be found here, along with information on West Brunswick Community Garden - our host for the day. A big, big thanks goes out to La Manna Fresh, Brunswick Supa IGA, and Vinnies Fruit who kept our volunteers fed on the day. As well, thanks to Bulleen Art & Garden for the plant and tree donations - they are happy in their new home!
Here are more photos of the day.
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